Cabinet decision late on Wednesday evening followed requests from Adivasi groups, the government said.

A day old twins huddle near their mother at the Orang National Park in. File   | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar

Cabinet decision late on Wednesday evening followed requests from Adivasi groups, the government said.

Less than a month after the Centre renamed Khel Ratna after hockey legend Dhyan Chand, the Assam Cabinet has decided to drop former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi’s name from the Orang National Park.

Situated about 120 km north-east of Guwahati, the 79.28 sq. km Orang is one of Assam’s seven national parks and among the top three rhino habitats. It also has one of the highest density of tigers in the country.

“The decision to restore the original name of Orang National Park was taken following requests from the Adivasi groups in the State,” government spokesperson Pijush Hazarika said after the Cabinet meeting.

Orang was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 1985 and was upgraded to a national park in 1999. It became the Rajiv Gandhi Orang National Park during the Congress government headed by Tarun Gogoi.

The national park was declared a Tiger Reserve by the National Tiger Conservation Authority in March 2016. The area under the Tiger Reserve is 492.46 sq. km.

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